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president on civil rights jack kennedy who somehow in the crisis of alabama and birmingham in june of '63 that same year came out with the most amazing commitment send civil rights is as ancient as the scriptures. the president is on our side. this guy here martin luther king was inspired by mahalia jackson, i'm going to give this magic. >> chris, you referenced the history, that on june 11th, vivian malone tried to enter the university of alabama, george wallace blocked her. and at jack kennedy's direction got her in and through the university of alabama. it was that night that medgar evers was killed. in the driveway of their home. after all the bomb threats and assassination threats against their family with their three children. hiding in a tub and running out and seeing their father slain in the driveway. there was a lot of violence. ron mott is in the crowd. ron you've been talking to a lot of people out there. >> a much smaller crowd than was on the mall over the weekend for the big march on saturday. i would estimate between 15,000 and 20,000 is the number i'm seeing. you can see
conversation about civil rights in america. highlighted by the march and by dr. martin luther king jr.'s i have a dream speech are still alive today. still ahead, we'll examine inquality and social justice. finally, we'll take you to an organizer who was there. joyce ladner. >> i had a stage pass. no one on that stage had ever seen that many people before. that's the major one memory. i have a lot of others as well. >> was it an energetic crowd? was it a me mesmerized crowd? >> it was a very friendly crowd. it was almost like meeting new friends. it was easy going. it was an easy crowd. >> was there a sense that eventually society would progress and things would change? >> there was but i think it had -- that had a lot to do with the expectations of the people of my parents' generation they had of us. and you know, also, a lot of black fathers gone -- were in world war ii and they went to fight for democracy and they came back and still had segregation and a lot of discrimination. so they expected us to be that generation that would change things. but i think if there was one symbol, that we al
the headlines: women and the civil rights movement. this week marks the 50th anniversary of the march on washington, a critical moment in that movement and a moment which has become emblematic of the epic struggle for equality in america. >> i have a dream that one day -- >> it's been a half century since doctor martin luther king, jr. delivered his famous "i have a dream" speech. >> we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. >> 250,000 people witnessed that speech. denice tyree turner was in the crowd on the national mall. she was a teenager but remembers that day with intense clarity. she says while women in the civil rights movement were not as visible, they were important. >> we were workers to get people out, and we held bake sales and things in order to get money to donate to the riders. i don't see us as leaders in the civil rights movements even though i since found out we did have some. >> some of those civil rights leaders include rosa parks, shirley chisholm, dorothy height and fannie lou hamer. but these leaders were not in the forefront, so yo
that spurred the enactment of the civil rights and voting rights act and one that is now remembered as one of the moral high points of american history. but that is not what political leaders, major media outlets and millions of everyday americans were expecting right up until that march began in 1963. they were bracing for violence and chaos. they were fearing strident and inflammatory rhetoric and they were convinced the main effect of the rally would be to inflict a grievous wound, maybe even a fatal wound, on a very movement it sought to advance. that is the context in which the march took place 50 years ago this week. context that can and all too often is lost to history. it came at a particularly crucial and politically sensitive time in the civil rights movement. three months before the march, in may of 1963, demonstrations in birmingham -- excuse me, demonstrators in birmingham, alabama, had been met with sheriff conner's violence, images of dogs and fire hose trained on peaceful protesters, horrified millions of people around the globe. in june a month after that alabama governor
watching at home, seeing the leaders of the civil rights movement. call for justice and equality. i talked to him from the exact spot where he can spoke 50 years ago. and we'll hear some of the young people who traveled hundreds of miles to help change the course of history. i'm honored to begin the show tonight with martin luther king iii and reverend joseph lowry, who mean call the dean of the civil rights movement. thank you both for being with me on this historic occasion. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> let me start with you, martin. tomorrow we are having the continuation march that you and i have spearheaded saying that we must combat today's ills and what remains. but let's go back 50 years ago. your father made a speech that has been called one of the great orations in american history. and yet to him -- to you he was just dad. and you continuing to fight in his tradition, what does it mean for you to be here where your father literally changed history? >> well, rev, what it means to me is that while we reflect, recognize what he and his team -- dr. lowrie being one o
passed the civil rights bill. we passed the voting right act, the fair housing act. and when people say to me nothing has checked. i say come dalk in my scooz. >> we talk with jonathan rider, isabelle wilkerson, and clarence jones. >> the march was nmy view, the culminn ofio 100 years of frustration and despair. 1963 began with the centennial, the 100th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. and that means that when these people came together, those quarter of a million people came together, they were in some ways representing all the hopes and dreams that had idea yt to be fulfull fulfilled. >> rose: the 50th anniversary of the march on washington next. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin with john lewis. he is a congressman from georgia, a democrat. he was one of the big six leaders of the civil rights movement andrmanaif the student nonviolent committee. this year, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march on washington. on that day in august, lewis was one of only 10 speakers who t
with coverage of the civil rights movement helped change minds about the protesters and the fight to end segregation. we'll talk with the reporters who were there, including dan rather, who reported for cbs news and paul delaney, a founding member of the national association of black journalists. >>> plus "the new york times" says espn dropped its partnership with public tv's "front line" when the nfl objected to a documentary about head injuries. does this show the influence sports leagues have over sports journali journalism's biggest player? >>> and are you one of the movie goers that made this the top-grossing film last weekend? >> there he is. what's your name sdm. >> cecil gaines. >> i'm carter wilson, head butler. >> did you know the story of "the butler" began with one reporter's quest for the ultimate white house insider? we'll talk with the "washington post"'s wil haygood about how his reporting helped birth the box office bonanza. i'm eric deggans and this is "reliable sources." on saturday, the national mall hosted thousands commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on
much progress has america made in civil rights since the march in washington. >>> what happens when social media uncove >> tonight's data difficult looks at however america has come since the march on washington in 1963. we looked at numbers provided by the u.s. senses, population, in 1963, the total estimated number was 20,200,000. 2012, that 14 doubled to 44.5 million. on to the economy. these numbers are adjusted for inflation. the medium in come for black families in 1963 was $23,300. in 2010, that jumped to $40,500. the poverty rate for blacks first measured in 1966 was at 41.8%. today, it's down to 27.6%. still a major problem. but education is much improved. in 1964, there were 234,000 black undergraduate students in america. the numbers shot up to 2.6 million, more than 10 times the amount. more good news, the rate of blacks aged 25 and over who completed four years of high school tripled from 25 perfects to more than 85%. >> in 1963, there were five black members of congress and no senators. in 2013, there are 43 black members of congress and one senator, a lot of room left
conner had ordered police to use fire hoses and attack dogs on children who joined in civil rights protests in birmingham, alabama. governor george wallace stood at the door of foster auditorium at the university of alabama to block two black students, vivian malone and james hood, from enrolling at the school. civil rights activist met ger evers had been killed that summer. when a group of civil rights leaders led by a. phillip randolph wanted to march on washington, president kennedy was weary and urged them to call it off. the group of six believed the march on washington would provide the best chance for a safe rights bill. >> we hope that by going to washington by the thousands, sitting in the halls of congress, if necessary, and in the offices of recalcitrant congressmen, we will be able to arouse a conscience of the senate so the coalition of southern and right wing northern republicans will not prove to be the legislative incinerator that will again burn to ashes any possible civil rights bill. >> what do you think the effect of the august 28 march will be, both on country
. like the civil rights movement, it continues. it wasn't something that occurred in one year. dr. algernon austin, his latest work is called "the unfinished marches." dr. austin, thank you for your work and thank you for coming on to talk with us tonight. >> my pleasure, anytime. tavis: >> coming up next, conversation with mary frances berry and that chair of the defense fund, marian wright edelman. stay with us. joining us now from washington to talk about the work being done to bring jobs, justice, and freedom to all americans, marian wright edelman of the children's defense fund that advocates for children of all at this of these, and mary frances berry, former chair of the u.s. commission on civil rights and now professor of history at the university of pennsylvania. i am honored as always to have both of you on this program tonight. 50 years later, what do you think? >> it is one of those glass half -glass half empty. i think it is about a quarter full. i think a lot has been accomplished, some of it through the work that marian dozen other people, and the work you have done
leadership around this issue. i think king would feel proud there were victories in the civil rights movement, many of which happened after he passed. and there are people fighting to make sure those victories remain, even when there are massive efforts to overturn those victories. host: coverage of the 50th anniversary of the march on washington takes place on c-span and will also take place on wednesday with special coverage on this program as well as the president giving a speech. the president's impact on civil- rights to date? guest: that is interesting. my students try to draw a link between martin luther king and president obama. senses a link in the they're both african-american leaders and have had massive followings. they are seen as their opinions having an impact. but they exist in very different times. president obama exists in a time when there. demographicndous changes going on. the role of the u.s. in the world is in a different place. he is president. he is not a civil rights leader. he is the president of the entire country. his constituency is essentially everybody. king's
and civil rights. in this hour, we'll hear from some of the people who traveled so far to attend this march. including the young girl shown in this iconic photo. i'll talk to her now 50 years later about how the march changed her life. we also have my interview with congressman john lewis from the steps of lincoln memorial where he spoke a half a century ago. i'm honored to begin the second hour of our show tonight with bernie a. king, ceo of the king center. thank you for being here today. >> thank you. glad to be here. >> you head the king center where your mother founded many years ago. and you have struggled and worked to keep the legacy of your mother and father alive. and this march tomorrow is one of five days that you have helped to orchestrate and push and pull and make sure it happened. but you were a child when this happened. >> i was an infant. >> in arms when the march happened. and you were still very young when you lost your dad. how do you explain the fire in you? >> well, i mean, other than the holy spirit, that's where it comes from. it also comes from growing up in a home
were involved in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, becoming their grandparents were. in order to make real are increasingly multicultural nations promise as a beacon of hope for freedom, for freedom loving people the world over, and the progress we have made it is important to go back to those days five decades ago in front of majestic lincoln memorial in washington dc. the march on washington was an assemblage of people in power converging on washington dc, our nations capital, only occasionally seen every few decades. a quarter of 1 million americans march on washington that hot summer day. each representing thousands and thousands of americans were standing up for both racial equality and job opportunities. across the nation. now i will defer to our main speaker, the man who is there and whose words you will soon hear them up but this was the largest public gathering in washington dc until that time in our nations history. only surpassed by some of the antiwar marches that followed later in the 60s. african-americans, teachers, students, union workers, 30 of all creeds and
and the nation to further action, civil rights leaders organized a march to intergrate equality in the south. they're called the freedom fighters. >> reporter: for too long in america segregation in the south was synonymous. but in the 1960s a new generation armed with a new supreme court decision prohibiting discrimination challenged the status quo in the south. >> this land is composed of two different cultures. a white culture and a colored culture and i've lived close to them all my life. but i'm told that we mistreated them and that we must change and these changes are coming faster than i expected. >> reporter: in the 50s, change wasn't just coming it had arrived. blacks were risking their homes, their jobs even their lives for freedom and equality for a taste of america's democracy. >> i was hit in the head with a wooden crate. knocked down, bloodied and i was going in and out of consciousness. i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: georgia congressman john lewis was a young man in 1961 a student when he boarded a bus and enbarked on a journey to desegregation. known as the freed
on children in birmingham, alabama that the social and civil rights aspects became an organizing principle. this march was to highlight discrepancies in terms of the economy, the minimum wage. in that vein would you be expected of sort of an organizing principle and the president's remarks focus on economic inequality and jobs as chris matthews suggest? >> i would. i would point out the president has the program from the original march framed in his office. he knows very well the history of that march, what the intent of it was and i expect him to address the economic challenges that remain. you know, unemployment, black unemployment was twice white unemployment than it is now. but we have additional challenges that have cropped up over the last 50 years, alex, that go the nature of work. that affects everybody in the workforce, black, white, and that's no longer are there as many jobs that require little education. and education has become a civil rights of our time. it takes education in many instances to get the kind of jobs and incomes that people need to support families and yet we ha
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and welcome to usf. today we are gathered here as beneficiaries of the civil rights movement. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. i am proud to stand before you as the first african-american, first woman city administrator. >> [applause] >>thank you. i i am grateful to be inspired and mentored by many great civil rights leaders and my educational leaders which includes usf law school. >> [applause] >> and my family members who have mentored me and have paved the way for me along my career path. i could not have gotten there without them. my greatest inspirations are my parents william little and maria little, and i my greatest inspirations are my parents william little and maria little, and i want to talk about howthey were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin they were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin luther king on t
man unsung leader of the civil rights movement. mr. rusten lives at the intersection of these identities while fighting for the freedoms of all oppressed people. rusten was a radical visionary, a black gay activist for freedom and justice during a time when the conditions of both of these identities were perilous. rusten owned his power. as a black openly gay man to fiercely challenge the status quo and fight on behalf of the oppressed and marginal liesed while at the same time refusing to be defined by any single aspect of his identity. rusten was as unah poll jetically black as he was gay and by his very presence challenged the evils of homophobia and racism. is legacy -- >> our next speaker, the esident of habitat for umanity, jonathan recford. >> what does the lord require of you? but to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your god. these words from mica 6:8 stir my heart just as much today as they did decades ago when i first heard them from my grandmother. every time i saw her she would recite this verse and challenge me to be useful. my outspok
grateful to be inspired and mentored by many great civil rights leaders and my educational leaders which includes usf law school. >> [applause] >> and my family members who have mentored me and have paved the way for me along my career path. i could not have gotten there without them. my greatest inspirations are my parents william little and maria little, and i my greatest inspirations are my parents william little and maria little, and i want to talk about howthey were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin they were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin luther king on the march on washington 50 years ago and stood up for the rights for freedom.as a teenager growing up in washington as a teenager growing up in washington dc, she and her church did people demonstrations leading up to the march in washington where they would go in front of the white
as the civil rights act. for the first 45 minutes we are turning to politics. john boehner, in a conference call with republican lawmakers, told a group he plans to craft a short-term bill that would fund the government, avoiding a government shutdown. for our next 45 minutes, we are interested in hearing from republicans only. the acttalk about itself, the larger implications of the funding of the health- care law, but we want to get your thoughts on our phone line. here's how you can do so. it is republicans only. if you live in the eastern and central time zone, it is 202- 585-3880. if you live in the pacific or mountain time zone, it is 202- 585-3881. you can reach us on twitter and facebook as well. morning,he paper this this is "the wall street journal" writeup of this telephone meeting, teleconference, that took place with the house speaker. spending billt l to avoid shutdown." they write that -- and goes on to highlight that mr. boehner met objections from several conservatives -- we want to get your thoughts on this reported effort by house speaker boehner to propose a plan to kee
to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington and civil rights advocates joined members of government in a ceremony on the lincoln memorial. the same location where dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his i have a dream speech. you would hear from the reverend holder, then, eric reverend al sharpton, among others as a picture butte to the events of the day -- as they pay tribute to the events of the day. >> for those of us from the south, 50 years ago we received our marching orders when dr. martin luther king jr. quote it the prophet isaiah, i have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill should be made low and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the lord should be revealed and all flesh. and this is the faith that we go back to the south with and those are our marching orders and this is the faith that we go back to the south with. yes, the south. where some are still trying to fight the civil war. where we areh witnessing this vicious attack on voters, voting rights, and the blatant voting suppression i .ne particular po
cannot turn back. there are those asking the devotes of civil rights, when will you be satisfied? we can never be satisfied as long as the negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with fatigue of travel cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. we cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. we can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "for whites only." we cannot be satisfied as long as the negro in mississippi cannot vote and the negro in new york believes he has nothing for which to vote. no, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. i am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you ba
. the students and the civil rights activists ramped up their protests that february. they ramped up into a confrontation that looked like this. on the left there, the white guy with the cigar is obviously from the theater, he is standing in the door of the theater, telling this orderly cue of would-be black patrons, no, you are not getting in. this is from the baltimore sun at the time. they kept up their demand to be let in, day after day. the theater kept saying no. the police started arresting people. at first by the dozens and ultimately by the hundreds as these protests stretched on increasing in size for a week. the baltimore sun said the police started to run out of vehicles to transport those who were being arrested. at first by the dozens and ultimately by the hundreds as these protests stretched on increasing in size for a week. the baltimore sun said the police started to run out of vehicles to transport those who were being arrested. to get an idea of how many people were being arrested. look at this picture from the city jail in baltimore. this is obviously the women's
was the movement? >> he was, martin luther king was a freedom fighter. the civil rights movement was a freedom struggle, a struggle for black freedom. it wasn't just about opening up spaces for folks to be able to sit on toilets along with white folks and to ride wherever they wanted on the bus but to open up opportunity in american society for anybody who wanted that opportunity. the fact that we can now celebrate a figure like baird rustin, you know, who really was behind the scenes, really a tremendous organizer but now we can acknowledge his sexuality, you know, and his fullness in terms of who he was speaks a great deal about where the movement has gone. >> you know, i can't help but think about all of the movements that have followed the civil rights movement, that have tried to model themselves from the success of the civil rights movement that was directed not just by dr. king but by other civil rights leaders. do you also see that, that the influence continued and not just in america but globally >> absolutely. when we look at the dream defenders now down in florida who are responding
and the civil rights leader in my educational leaderin our history and culture and the relentless fight against in our history and culture and the relentless fight against prejudice and intolerance, and hate. there consummate energy intelligence and courage and their unshakable persistence consummate energy intelligence and courage and their unshakable persistence unflinching sacrifice and unwavering faith.we all know the we all know the fight is not over yet.i will keep fighting when i called the three jays, jobs, justice and jubilee in my capacity as a public service. i will continue to ensure equal opportunity for all to compete in the public competitive contracting process. we will continue to fight for local jobs for those who can need jobs. we will continue to fight for justice for people who will serve despite their ethnic background, religion, economic immigration status and their government and their policies and process. as for jubilee,it gives me such joy that we just recently celebrated this historical victory of the same-sex marriages in san francisco is the first county clerks off
there and belted out some spiritual songs that were popular in the heyday of the civil rights moment. at this moment we're hearing from the widow of med -- med ger evers. and earlier we heard from melanie campbell. she had some very strong words about a topic that is on the forefront of many people's minds here today. let's listen. >> today racism and inequality does not manifest itself in a white sheet, jim crow laws, poll taxes or barking dogs, but the dogs are still biting in other ways. today there are no white sheets, but there are judges in black robes in the u.s. supreme court who struck down section 4 of the voting rights act, opening the flood gates in many states to pass more voter id laws, to block people of color, and young people from voting. >> and there you have it. a clear reference to the supreme court decision earlier this summer to strike down -- gut essentially the voting rights act fought for so hard during the civil rights movement. and we're anticipating no fewer than three presidents speaking here later this afternoon. also john lewis, the atlanta civil right
presidents, a host and current and former future civil rights and leaders and politicians taking the stage. truly a diverse program but we all look back 50 years ago to those vivid images that still inspire today. >> thomas, this is going to be a hot day. it's not that hot. it's sweltering today but not as bad as it could get in washington. it's drizzling and may clear up. i expect there is heated rhetoric today. this country is divideded right now, heavily and sharply divided between the one reject an african-american president and rejected him from the day he was elected and the day they heard he might be elected. the other half of the country almost pouting with this illusion right now. gee whiz. why isn't this greater? pef an african-american president and things not happening and almost dull with things not happening. i think that combination of frustration and rejection are going to clash today. i think the heat of the rhetoric today is going to be much sharper even than it was 50 years ago. >> we do have an interesting statement coming from former president george w. bush relieving
watching at home seeing the leaders of the civil rights movement, call for justice and equality. powerful speeches and powerful music from singers like lahalia jackson, bob dylan. tonight we'll hear those voices. we'll also hear from congressman john lewis. i talk to him today from the exact spot on the lincoln memorial where he spoke 50 years ago. and we'll hear from some of the young people who traveled hundreds of miles to attend the march and helped change the course of history. i'm honored to begin this show tonight with martin luther king iii and the reverend joseph lowrie who call the beginning of the civil rights movement and was also a cofounder of the leadership conference. thank you both for being with me on this historic occasion. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> let me start with you, martin. tomorrow we are having the continuation march that you and i have spearheaded saying that we must combat today's ills and what remains. but let's go back 50 years ago. your father made a speech that has been called one of the great orations in american history. and yet to him
a bill that would later become the 1964 civil rights act. now, here we have three presidents. that in itself speaks to the success of the march. but this was a terrible challenge to present to the three living presidents. of the three, it seems to me that jimmy carter found his role and function, leaving aside the fact that he was the one that understood the irony of being in washington where the residents don't have the same rights as the people. what struck to me was that he spoke to us as a southerner who had seen the changes from his region and spoke from the heart. the president, on the other hand, i must say disappointed me because it seemed to me the moment called for him to be presidential. we were bringing truth to power. we were speaking to the three most powerful men or three of the most powerful men in our country. one of them was president of the united states. he gave a magnificent speech. but i would have preferred to have him say this time you have got a president in the white house. i hear you. i accept the challenge that you have given to me. now help me to
ago. >> because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. because they marched, a voting rights law was signed. because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody's laundry or shining somebody else's shoes. because they marched, the city councils changed and state legislatures changed. and congress changed. and yes, eventually the white house changed. >> the organizers of the march on washington 50 years ago called it "the march on washington for jobs and freedom." the president reminded us of that today. >> for the men and women who gathered 50 years ago, we're not there in search of some abstract idea. they were there seeking jobs as well as justice. not just the absence of oppression. but the presence of economic opportunity. for what does it profit a man, dr. king would ask, to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can't afford the meal? and so as we mark this anniversary, we must remind ourselves that the measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago
.s. attorney. we talk about fraud and identify theft and hate crimes and civil rights issue and there's one thing that comes up in absolutely every conversation that i have had with people in the district, and that was bullying. and it really, it was, it's not surprising to the people in this room, i know. it was not surprising to me but it was troubling to me that in every community that i was meeting with, this was an issue prrp violence, harassment, physical, cyber, social, children on children, this kind of behavior is so disturbing and so troubling and so heartbreaking to so many people. even in this place, even in san francisco, california and northern california, which has got to be if not the most tolerant place in the country certainly amuck the most tolerance and diverse places in the community, this is what i was hearing out in the community and it's something we wanted to get involved in. and i'm so grateful that as a result of that all of you have agreed to come together to have a conversation about this issue with us included. i can't tell you how much we appreciate it. so
long but it's been a long time. i can of course number the events of the civil rights movement. i was actually on this campus the day dr. king died and we all cried. you know, in those days all was on university were trying to do our thing. if we wanted to do we could do the big things we did our little things. on this campus i was the first chair of the psu. in many ways oh well. >> [applause] >> we must have some dsu members. now you know who started this whole thing. in those days we were trying to do what we could to be part of the movement. the movement that was all the adults and then there was a whole bunch of youth were involved. last sunday on a radio show i had a use spoken word artists that came on. [inaudible] all these adults in the program it's a use for such a big part. you've seen those old videos. when dr. king finally said, look, we need young people out here to oppose move this thing forward. so representing all the youths were involved in movement at this time i want to bring forth a young spoken word artist from youths these, ms. monet boyd will be a piece rep
coverage. we heard speech from civil rights and political leaders ranging from attorney general eric holder of course here and house speaker -- house minority leader nancy pelosi and the families of trayvon martin and of course martin luther king iii scheduled to join us at some point here over the next hour or so, and again right now thousands about to start retracing the steps that marchers took 50 years ago. so has peter alexander who is along the march route and let me start with you. what is the scene like right now? >> so right now we're along the route on independence avenue and you can see the police are clearing the way as they arrive here at the martin luther king memorial. we are joined by so many people who witnessed history as we wait to see those who participated in it, one of those voices is the gentleman i met today named franklin delano, no roosevelt, but williams. you happened to be here on that day, for the first time visiting your sister. you didn't know you would be witnessing history. >> did not know. it was just a thing the kids in the neighborhood, we all came down a
," 50th anniversary, thousands are gathering. they are going to be joined by civil rights leaders past and present. these are live images coming from the mall right now. later this afternoon, president obama is going to speak there. when he does, we will take you to the mall live as al jazeera has expensive coverage on the day's happenings. but before that, we want to go to mike viqueira who is standing by live. >> dell you hit me just at the right time. the trumpet just kicked off. we have started this day, it's part celebration, part renewal of what happened 50 years ago today, the march on washington for freedoms and jobs. they are doing it all over again today. the day demand with a commemorative service downtown. marchers are gather near the lincoln memorial, they will march up here towards the steps of the lincoln memorial. it's a bit rainy out today. they are probably not going to get the anywhere near the quarter million that were here 50 years ago, but they will have bill clinton, jimmy carter, two white southerns, and the sitting president, president obama. >> i wasn't sure w
with president john f. kennedy following the civil rights march, the march for jobs, justice and freedom, who is with us. 50 years ago we had the first catholic president in the white house. today we have the first african-american president and the first african-american first family leading our country so beautifully from the white house. you know we come together here at a time when there is a monument to reverend martin luther king on the mall. here he sits with presidents of the united states so appropriately. we have a day set aside as a national holiday to celebrate his birthday. but he would want us to celebrate him, his birth and his legacy by acting upon his agenda, by realizing the dream, by making the minimum wage a living wage, by having not just family and medical leave, but paid sick leave for our workers, by having quality affordable child care so that our families can be -- the power of women can be unleashed in our economy and in our society. and do you know what? this just happens to be women's equality weekend. when women succeed, america succeeds. when people of color suc
peacefully for civil rights. it's remembered as the moment reverend martin luther king jr. delivered the "i have a dream" speech. "washington post" reporter michael fletcher interviewed some of the people that were there. we talked about what else that day. they came by plane, train, automobile and by foot to be the march on washington, an estimated 250,000 people converged on the lincoln memorial on that hot august day 50 years ago this month. people forget it was really hard to get that many people in one place 1963. come together?ch >> it's interesting. the idea for the march actually years beforeted 22 it occurred, phillip randolph, wantedous labor leader, to have a march on washington at proteste to discrimination in the war industries and segregation in wasarmed forces but that the war.r. desegregated industry but 22 years later, in aftermath of the murder of edgar mevers, he felt it was time to converge on washington and make this demand but it was audacious because in those days mass marches didn't happen. wasn't used as a political tool in this country. big, audacious idea and it w
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